Nigerians Speak: ‘For Nigeria to Move Forward, Ban Religion from Public Space’
The Lagos State Police Command is currently on the hunt for one Kehinde Lawal who allegedly killed a technician, Mutiu Edunjobi, during an Ogun festival in Isheri Area of the state.
According to Punch, 34-year-old Mutiu allegedly stepped on Kehinde’s toes during the event and this led to an argument. Upset, Kehinde stabbed Mutiu in the neck with a sharp object, and the father of two bled to death at a private hospital.
This tragic story comes days after the Redeemed Christian Church of God member, Eunice Olawale, was butchered by assailants who ambushed her during her morning evangelism in Kubwa, Abuja.
And that’s not all.
Last month, Bridget Agbaheme, a Deeper Life Church member, was slaughtered in Kofar Wambai market in Kano by a mob that accused the elderly woman of blasphemy.
This and many more cases, including the 1995 Kano incidence, when Islamic fundamentalists attacked Gideon Akaluka in a police jail and beheaded him following claims that his wife used pages of the Koran to wipe her baby’s butt.
Religion has always been used as a tool by the powerful to control the weak’s thought processes, and minds are bent to achieve personal agendas. However, the oppressor ends up tainted too, as he is surrounded by the robots he created and, in turn, is also succeeded by a product of the same system, who lack the ability of clarity in thought and agendas free of religious bias. Hence why a country like Nigeria continues to go downhill.
In February of this year, China banned Communist Party members from professing or taking part in any religion. While the country’s constitution grants its citizen the freedom of religion, the practices are so tightly controlled that churches have to be approved before they carry their evangelism under the hawk eyes of a government that is dedicated to containing religious influence.
BBC adds that Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China “have also faced restrictions on their religious activities, while the Falun Gong spiritual movement has been denounced as an “evil cult” and has been banned since 1999.”
Is the Communist Party policy on religion the solution to curbing religious tensions?
To contain the recent rising puffs of tension, some Nigerians posit that banning religion from public space, and containing the practices by citizens, is the solution to the continual assault on the National psyche.
See some of the tweets:
When I become president of Nigeria, I may ban religion. I don't know that it's done us that much good.
— Uduak Isong (@Uduakisong) July 8, 2016
Left to me, I'd ban public religion in Nigeria.
Pray in your houses to any G(g)od you want to.
Don't disturb anybody.
— soro. (@ThatHerbalist) June 4, 2016
This is what my fella told me …for Nigeria to move forward ..ban all religion ..let every1 worships what he or she likes in his room
— KING OF LAGOS …MFR (@Derek74399105) February 10, 2016
Just ban religion and Nigeria would be very fine…
— james prada (@jatutu022) March 29, 2015
Nigeria is one country that religion hasn't helped… We're so religious yet the country grows worse by each passing day.
— Damilola Atinsola (@damydimps_88) July 12, 2016
Nigeria has serious mental health crisis. A lot of people hide under religion to mask their madness. Some fake clerics fuel this & we suffer
— Juliet 'Kego (@julietkego) July 11, 2016
My problem with religion in Nigeria is that it is so dramatically charged. Sometimes to the point where I can only now see God as a jester.
— Mr Dalloway (@ShutUpKecy) July 11, 2016
What do you think?